General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The BBC Country Profiles include links to relevant BBC coverage, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline. Update information provided.

The U.S. Department of State offers a detailed country profile on Kenya. This site focuses on implications for US/US policy.

Portals to the World is a service by the Library of Congress (LOC). The site provides collections of annotated website links for every nation as selected by LOC experts. Links are to both government sites as well as outside servers.


Official websites on Kenya

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Kenia, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.

The official website of Kenya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The official website of Kenya's government.


Facts and Statistics

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP) project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

The CIA World Factbook is a reliable, much-quoted resource on basic country statistics. Update information provided.

Geography and Maps


The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, historical, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including Kenya.

TheMaps of Worldsite provides both maps of Kenya and basic information on the country.


Geography, Climate, Geology

News and Media


Daily Nation- published by the Nation Media Group, the paper claims to have three quarters of the Kenyan newspaper market. It is widely regarded as being independent and balanced

The Standard - privately-owned daily, and Kenya's oldest newspaper

East African - English-language weekly published by the Nation Media Group

Taifa Leo - Kenya's only Swahili-language daily, published by the Nation Media Group

The People Daily - owned by veteran politician Kenneth Matiba



Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) - state-owned, channels in English and Swahili

Metro TV - KBC-operated Nairobi station targeting younger viewers

NTV - Nairobi-based, operated by Nation Media Group

Family TV - Christian



Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) - state-owned, services in English, Swahili and 15 other indigenous languages

Metro FM - national music-based station operated by KBC

Coro FM - KBC-operated Kikuyu-language station in Nairobi

Capital FM - private, music-based

East FM - private, targets Nairobi's Asian listeners

Easy FM - operated by Nation Media Group, relays in Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri

Citizen Radio - private, also operates Kikuyu-language Inooro FM and Luo-language Radio Ramogi


News Agency

Kenya News Agency - state-owned, English-language

Polictics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. offers an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in Kenya.


Human Rights Situation



The BBC Country Profiles include an online timeline of each country.

History of Nations is based on information from the US Department of State and highlights each nation's history.

Wikipedia's History of Kenya.

Internet African History Sourcebookpresents historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa. This page is a subset of texts derived from three major online Sourcebooks.


Colonial Period

Empire Online is an exciting collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

The Making of the Modern World: full text database providing access to a myriad of historical documents, mostly related to economic and colonial history. (Access only via university network or vpn client)



The BBC World Service offers a section on "Independence", on "Post Independence" and an "Independence Timeline". It also includes a section called "Case Study: Kenya" and  provides radio programs from the series "The Story of Africa".


Slavery and Slave Trade

The web site Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation is concerned with the history and literature of slavery and abolition, and with black writers in eighteenth-century Britain. On these pages you will find extensive information, including history, literature, biography, bibliography, links, maps, and images. These pages are being constantly improved and updated. The site was created and is maintained by Brycchan Carey.

 Africa Focus brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to the field of African Studies. This collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries, as well as a large number of difficult to find texts, including the topic slavery and slave trade.

The BBC World Service offers a section on "The East African Slave Trade"and a "Slavery Timeline" and provides radio programs from the series "The Story of Africa".

The Royal Naval Museum provides a section on The East African Slave Trade.

Religions, Languages and Art
Ethnic Groups